Gene Hackman is a retired American actor who, has won two Academy Awards: for 'Best Actor' for his role as Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle in the crime thriller 'The French Connection' (1971) and for 'Best Supporting Actor' for his role as 'Little' Bill Daggett in the revisionist Western film 'Unforgiven' (1992).
Some of his other best roles include Buck Barrow in 'Bonnie & Clyde' (1967), Gene Garrison in 'I Never Sang for My Father' (1970), Harry Caul in 'The Conversation' (1974), George Dupler in 'All Night Long' (1981), FBI Special Agent Rupert Anderson in 'Mississippi Burning' (1988) and Royal Tenenbaum in 'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001). His other successful movies include the 1975 sequel film 'French Connection II'; the 1972 disaster film 'The Poseidon Adventure'; the superhero movies 'Superman: The Movie' (1978), 'Superman II' (1980) and 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace' (1987), in which he played arch-villain Lex Luthor; and the 1986 sports film 'Hoosiers'.
His later filmography includes 'The Firm' (1993), 'Crimson Tide' (1995), 'Get Shorty' (1995), 'The Birdcage' (1996), 'Enemy of the State' (1998), 'Behind Enemy Lines' (2001) and 'Runaway Jury' (2003).